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What is Life in Jesus?

"Life in Jesus" is the way we communicate the central focus of what we do at Brookfield Lutheran. It speaks to our belief that the Christian life is our everyday life, and that each day we put our hope in God who has saved us through Christ Jesus. 

"Life in Jesus" is also the name of our Sunday morning education program. Just as we live our life in Jesus through life in the Word, life in service, life in the cross and life in mission, we also teach youth and adults using a ciriculum that focuses on these same four pillars.

Life in the Word

God's Word Reveals Jesus Christ as Our Savior

"If you live in my Word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:31, 32

Life in the Word is an integral part of our Life in Jesus program. The Word of God is the source and norm of Christian doctrine and life - a great starting point in instruction in life in Jesus. In the holy Bible, the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world from sin, death and the power of the devil through his death on the cross for us.

In their family life, youth will begin discovery and experience in regular family devotions in the Word; celebration of Baptismal birthdays; celebration of church seasons; learning of Christian music, regular prayer in front of the family, preparing for and reviewing worship services; preparing for Holy Communion; family service projects; and regular modeling of stewardship of time, treasure and talents. Youth will also discover and experience being taught the Bible and catechism; the development of identity and integrity in Jesus; the regular review and living of the family faith story and mission; regular prayer for the lost and reaching out to the lost.

In the personal life arena, youth will begin practicing spiritual disciplines: daily devotions - including remembering their Baptism daily, spiritual journaling and preparation for Holy Communion. They will also be encouraged in anonymous service and stewardship of their time, talents and treasure.

Youth will begin developing a strong identity and character in Jesus; a personal mission/calling; a lifestyle witness and regular prayer for and sharing the Gospel with others. Our desire is that youth will gradually mature into an adult understanding of life in Jesus.

In the church-life arena, youth will discover and experience a thorough overview of the Bible, including a complete Bible read-through by 6th grade, memorization of key Bible verses, and regular prayer with and in front of others.

Youth will also learn and memorize Luther's Small Catechism.

At the end of the two years, youth will prepare and deliver a personal testimony. On a Sunday in April youth will participate in the Life in the Word event [a discipleship event] similar to a traditional confirmation service.

Life in Service

Showing God's Love Through Service

“I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, now you must wash each other's feet. I've given you an example that you should follow.” John 13:14, 15

Life in Service is an integral part of life in Jesus. Jesus made it very clear that as Christians, we are to show the love of God to others by serving them. It is a life of giving, humility and love. Now Jesus lives his life through us. He sets the example and then works through us to carry out these good works in our daily lives.

Youth at this age are in the middle of the great chaos of adolescence. Youth are all over the charts in varying degrees of emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development. The differences between each individual youth is never greater than at this time. This is the best age for volunteering and “hands-on” learning opportunities. We have custom designed our program to work within this setting and focus on service which everyone can “get into” regardless of where they are at developmentally.

In their family and personal life, youth will continue to discover and experience life in Jesus through practice of spiritual disciplines, modeling and instruction by parents and support of sponsors.

In their church life, youth will discover and experience frequent hands-on servant opportunities in direct application of what they learned in 5th and 6th grade and what they are learning from a study of the Gospel of Matthew. The Junior Youth Group of our church has its basic foundation in these classes. Participation in a Junior Youth Group that is focused on service will meet their need to “belong to something that makes a difference in people’s lives.” Belonging to a family that practices this at home also meets the need to be part of something that “makes a difference.”

At the end of the this level, our youth will prepare and deliver a personal testimony. Then, on the last Sunday, our youth will participate in a Life in Service event.

Life in the Cross

Looking to Jesus as Our Life

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

Life in the Cross is an integral part of life in Jesus. This level has a wonderful emphasis on the “theology of the cross” as foundational to life in Jesus. Our central teaching is that we die to ourselves and live our lives in Jesus.

Youth will discover and experience this teaching in classes and at home. They also will learn what this means in ongoing baptismal life. Youth will learn to deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow Jesus.  In their family and personal life, youth will continue to discover and experience life in Jesus through practice of spiritual disciplines, modeling and instruction by parents and support of sponsors.

On the developmental front, youth at this time are beginning to see their way through adolescence and are starting the transition from concrete to abstract thinking.

Church instruction during these two years will include a gifts and talents assessment; and the exploration of identity and character in Jesus. Youth will also begin developing a personal mission statement and will study Romans, Ephesians and Colossians.

At the end of the this level, youth will prepare and deliver a personal testimony. On the last Sunday in April, youth will participate in the Life in the Cross event.

Life in Mission

Connect Others to Life in Jesus

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

Life in Mission is an integral part of life in Jesus. It is the time when the cycle begins to repeat itself as we connect others to life in Jesus. This is the crown of the Life in Jesus program - a combination of hands-on, real-life application of all that has been discovered and experienced in the prior three levels. Each youth will explore and experience God’s world-view to reach the lost and will develop a personal mission statement. This level includes a mentoring relationship with a younger youth and a major mission trip out of the country.

Developmentally, youth are going through the emerging-adult stage of youth. Their lives are on the brink of a huge transition from the home into the “world.” There is a feeling of “being sent” in the air. Youth at this time are successfully transitioning from concrete to abstract thinking. Youth start to exercise the ability to get beyond “rote” answers such as: “this is what the church believes” or “this is what I think the church believes.” The deep application of the question, “what does this mean to you?” is emerging. It is an exciting time to explore and discuss adult faith life.

In their family and personal life, youth will continue to discover and experience life in Jesus through practice of spiritual disciplines, modeling and instruction by parents and support of sponsors.

Church instruction during these two years will include study of the books of Philippians and 1 & 2 Peter.

At the end of this level, youth will prepare and deliver a personal testimony. Our 11th and 12th grade youth will participate in the Life in Mission event.

Brookfield Lutheran Church
18500 W. Burleigh Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045
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